Due West Adventures

The sailing adventures of Captain Kirk & Heidi, Tosh and Tikka Hackler . . .

02 November 2017 | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
11 October 2017 | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
16 September 2017 | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
29 June 2017 | Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, MX
26 May 2017 | Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, MX
07 April 2017 | Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, MX
26 February 2017 | Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, MX
30 January 2017 | La Cruz, Nayarit, MX
24 December 2016 | Banderas Bay, Mexico
20 December 2016 | Banderas Bay
27 November 2016 | La Paz, B.C.S. Mexico
14 November 2016 | Bahia San Carlos Mexico
17 October 2016 | San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
30 September 2016 | San Javier, B.C.S.
25 September 2016 | Puerto Escondido, B.C.S Mexico
12 September 2016 | Puerto Escondido, B.C.S Mexico
04 September 2016 | Nopolo Norte - Loreto
12 August 2016 | La Paz, Baja California Sur

Dia de Los Muertos, Puerto Vallarta Style

02 November 2017 | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
You can view more images from Dia de los Muertos in our Photo Gallery.

This is our third time experiencing Dia de los Muertos in Mexico, the first time was 20-years ago in Yucatan. Last year we were in San Carlos. This year in Puerto Vallarta was by far the best. You may be familiar with the face-painted Catrinas y Catrines, sugar skulls, and colorfully decorated altars...

In case you're not familiar with this Mexican tradition, here's a little background. The celebration of ancestral spirits has been a Mexican tradition dating back to to 3,000 B.C, pre-Mayan and Aztec days. When the Spanish Missionaries arrived in Mexico in the 1700's they tried to abolish this custom with out any success. So instead they incorporated some Catholic icons from All Souls Day, and today the Dia de Los Muertos celebration encompasses traditional indigenous customs along with a few Catholic ones sprinkled in. Each village, town, and city puts their own spin onto the celebrations, so you may experience different customs in different parts of Mexico.

As we learned, the traditional painted faces and sugar skulls are just a part of the Dia de Los Muertos celebrations. Graves and cemeteries are also decorated with bright orange, strongly-scented marigolds which help lead the spirits of the deceased ancestors back home for 24 hours of celebration each year on November 2nd. Family gatherings and parties to celebrate their ancestors include favorite foods and drinks of the deceased.

This is a HAPPY time to CELEBRATE LIFE, and is not a sad, mournful event. As it was explained "we are not sad that they are no longer with us, we are happy that they have come back to party with us for one night each year." The festival in Puerto Vallarta culminates in a parade from the cemetery to the Malecon.

No Tricks! We even got the Green Flash on Halloween night!

In other news, Kirk has recovered great from his latest pacemaker re-wiring, and we're currently visiting family in the states while friends Judy & Paul are taking care of Tosh & Tikka for us. We MISS our furbies! Stay tuned for another blog post soon about our road-trip Mexican style! In the mean time we'll be enjoying Banderas Bay this holiday season, so let us know if your'e coming to PV for the holidays, we'd love to see you!


Check out lots more images from Dia de los Muertos in our Photo Gallery.
Vessel Name: Due West
Vessel Make/Model: Passport 40
Hailing Port: Seattle, WA
Crew: Captain Kirk & Heidi Hackler + Tosh & Tikka
Captain Kirk grew up sailing on Lake Washington and has been boating his whole life. He has been racing sailboats for about 40 years, including two Vic-Maui races (from Victoria, BC to Maui, Hawaii), one in 1990, and the other on Due West in 1996. [...]
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Could all these garafons of water have caused Kirk
El Capitán feeling no pain post-surgery with his arm decorated like a Christmas Tree full of ID bracelets.
...and loving all of the guapa nurses tending to him, they were GREAT, extremely knowledgable, and bi-lingual!
The day-after surgery relaxing at home in one of his FAV PNW t-shirts... what you can
One-week post surgery appointment, surgen Dr. Joya gives Kirk the OK to move our boat back to Marina La Cruz, but NOT lift ANYTHING for four-weeks... oh boy, he feels so good that Heidi has to be the bad-cop on that one!
We love Marina Vallarta for its stunning sunsets, vibrant atmosphere surrounded by restaurants, bars, and live music, and is close proximity to the Medical Tourism doctors/hospitals and downtown Puerto Vallarta.
Back at Marina La Cruz, there are MANY free activities for all of the cruisers, ranging from Spanish Lessons and daily Yoga, to workshops on how to trim sails, fish and filet (including sampling the catch!), travel logs, and more. Heidi gave a fun Organic Skincare Workshop with DIY Facial that was attended by more than 20 people including one guy! (Thanks John! ;-)
FUN Birthday Celebration for Heidi at Los Arroyos Verdes in Bucarias.
THANKS to all of our cruising friends for helping to make Heidi
This beautiful buffet of delicious, organic food at Los Arroyos Verdes is included in the day-pass to the pool.
The entrance to Los Arroyos Verdes and its gardens are full of unique found-objects, art, and whimsical FUN everywhere you look...
The pool with its "island" band-stand...so fun to be swimming around a live rock band! Didn
Heidi & Karen hanging in one of the many hammocks on the grounds. They also had a really COOL big tree with lots of swings in it!
Found objects in every garden, even Ganesh was there!
The side of the "tool-shed" is next to the Ulman Sails Loft, (owned by the same people) what a magical place to build sails and do sail repair!
Tropical flowers, bamboo, parrots, peacocks, and palm trees abound this oasis garden spot.
Happiness is our sweet little Tikka snuggling her favorite purple-felt Octopus. We spray it with Cat-nip Spray, and she goes nuts, loving this toy to death...slowly chewing off its legs! Wish we could remember where we got it, we
Happiness is this lover-boy with a perma-smile...Tosh finds the best spots to sleep. The yoga mat used to live here but once it went to yoga class Tosh moved in and now we can
Our study guide, HamTestOnline.com, you can see the depth of learning involved, as well as some of the crazy test-question... Iambic Pentameter anyone?
Heidi and Grandma Wini (circa 2000), the driving force behind Heidi
Captain Kirk getting ready to take the HAM Exam along with 15 others. It was the largest HAM Exam group they
Wahoo!! We are HAMsters! We passed both the Technician AND the General Exams...now we await our call signs. Grandma Wini, this one